Ever since the dawn of cheap, recordable tapes, you really haven’t HAD to pay for music. If you knew someone with an album, you could buy a cassette tape and make a copy.
With the ‘Net, getting free music became even easier. Every song you could ever want. Free. No strings attached. Awesome!
That is, until the musicians pointed out that the music wasn’t actually “free.” It was kinda “stolen.” But most of us didn’t feel like thieves. Paying $18.99 for a new CD? THAT feels like robbery.
When iTunes added 99-cent downloads, it became easy to “do the right thing.” Affordable. Good for the environment. You actually feel good about buying music.
I won’t say that you should pay for music (you should) because it’s the right thing to do (it is). I won’t mention that you wouldn’t want your work stolen (you wouldn’t). Even though some of these musicians are nauseatingly rich (they are).
I’ll just say this…here are my:
Top 10 Best Songs that I Paid for This Year
- My Apocalypse – Metallica – Seriously, the finest headbanging masterpiece in a long time. Every track on this fast, furious album makes up for their last album (awful). It’s that good.
- On the Radio – Regina Spektor – I discovered this on Pandora. Offbeat and quirky. Catchy too.
- Chicks = Trouble – Motley Crue – The title says it all. Classic Crue.
- Woke Up This Morning - A3 – Yeah, that song from the Sopranos. It’s much longer than the version used on the show, but has the same groove.
- LDN – Lily Allen – Another song discovered on Pandora. It’s got a great video on YouTube.
- Distractions (Live) – Sia – That amazing singer from Zero 7. Her big break was on the last episode of Six Feet Under (clip on YouTube). This song showcases her amazing and unique voice.
- Love Song – Sara Bareilles – A good pop tune that I heard on the radio.
- End of the World – Great Big Sea – A much, much faster version of the song by REM. With fiddles.
- Woodchipper’s Ball - Hugo Montenegro – Unlike anything else on this list. If you don’t like it, don’t be surprised.
- Bad Girlfriend – Theory of a Deadman – Heard it on the radio. Didn’t like their other songs, so I didn’t have to buy the whole album. Perfect.
What’s on your list of favorite songs you paid for?